On January 28th Whale Scout teamed up with Green Redmond to tackle invasive plants at Idylwood Park. Idylwood Creek was home to Chinook salmon in the past however more recently Kokanee have been the focus of salmon watchers. Laurie Gogic, Whale Scout volunteer and Forest Steward with Green Redmond, led the event. Her passion and dedication to salmon and whales is amazing! She helped teach us all that saving the whales begins right beneath our feet.
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Join the armada of canoes and one Hobie Cat across Swamp Creek to plant trees! These trees will become part of the streamside vegetation keeping waters cool and clean for salmon traveling through the Samammish River. Join Whale Scout as we team up with Adopt a Stream Foundation, Sno-King Watershed Council, and the City of Kenmore for a fun day.
Join Team Whale Scout with Earth Corps at Herring's House Park, part of a Super Fund cleanup. It was designed primarily as habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon with an intertidal estuary. The Duwamish River is home to five Pacific salmon species including Chinook and coho, a candidate species for listing. Recovering these salmon stocks will help feed endangered killer whales!
Learn more about the need for a wildlife hospital for marine mammals and turtles in Puget Sound. Lesanna Lahner, Executive Director and Veterinarian, explains why SR3's mission is so important and how their group will work with other organizations currently working with stranded animals. Plus, how YOU can help!
NOAA scientist Dawn Noren talks about studying contaminants transferred from killer whales to their calves. This work on captive animals can help understand the physiology of Southern Resident killer whales and some of the challenges they face as an endangered distinct population segment.
Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego